Jacob P. Brinkman is a Graduate of Fredonia University where he recieved his BFA in Theatrical Production and Design. Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, he graduated from the University of California, Irvine with his MFA in Lighting Design. Currently he is a Lighting Programmer and DMX tech for IATSE Local 728 in Hollywood, California.
Some of Jake's favorite theatre designs include Company, A Bright Room Called Day, Mad Madge, Rent, Richard III, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In addition to theatre, Jake has designed over 50 pieces for dance and was the Resident Lighting Designer for the Orchesis Dance Company in Fredonia NY for two years. He has worked for Choreographers like Lar Lubovitch, Chad Michael Hall and Jon Leher.
Jake served as the Head Electrician on the International Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat working with Howell Binkley's Design team, Ryan O'Gara and Joe Doran. He has traveled with the National tour of Once and has filled in on The Phantom of the Opera tour as an Assistant Electrician. He has also worked for Bay Street Theatre, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and Bristol Valley Theatre. He spent 5 seasons at his "second home" at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival serving as their Production Electrician.
Jake has worked Internationally as an assistant designer and programmer in Muscat, Oman with the world premier of Opera Festival on Ice! Other productions he has assisted on were Vanya, Sonya Masha and Spike, Shrew!, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummers Night Dream and Macbeth to name a few.
Jacob has also worked as a designer at HLB Lighting Design, the largest architectural lighting design firm in North America. There he has collaborated on many airport terminals, academic buildings, performing arts centers and an aquarium!
When not working, Jake likes to discover new craft beers while eating tacos.
Feel free to check out the portfolio page to see examples of his work!